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    What is plaque?


    Plaque is the build-up of bacteria on the teeth. It’s a common oral health problem, usually caused by a lack of brushing or poor brushing technique. Luckily, if it’s caught early, it’s easy to get rid of.

    How do I prevent plaque?


    Brushing your teeth thoroughly twice a day, for two minutes a time with a Philips Sonicare, is an exceptional way to keep them free of plaque. Flossing once a day also helps to keep the gaps between your teeth free of bacteria. Finally, a low-sugar, low-starch diet can also help to minimise bacterial growth.

    How do I treat plaque?


    Once it’s started to grow on your teeth, plaque is still easy to remove for up to two days. Longer, more frequent brushing with a Philips Sonicare will get rid of up to 10x more plaque than a manual toothbrush.* However, left untreated, plaque can grow and harden into tartar, which is hard to remove. It can also lead to gingivitis, or gum disease.

    How can Philips Sonicare help?

    Philips Sonicare takes plaque removal to a new level. Our Sonicare electric toothbrushes use 31,000 brush strokes per minute to gently pulse water between your teeth, breaking up plaque and sweeping it away. This equates to a month worth of manual brushing. The brush heads are also designed to make it easier to get to the hard-to-access areas at the back of your mouth.


    The next level: Philips AirFloss

    If you don’t like the idea of putting floss between your teeth, try using Philips AirFloss. It’s a specially designed treatment that allows you to clean in between your teeth using bursts of air and water. It’s safe, gentle and lets you floss the entire mouth in just 60 seconds.
    *using the Philips Premium Plaque Defence brush head

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